Someone to lean on
Divorces and separations are never easy and are often carried out by two people who are not on affable terms. However, when resolving a partnership there are several matters which must be sorted out before the couple can officially separate – which is where expert divorce solicitors in Guildford play a massively important role.
Because each divorce or separation is unique and specific to the people experiencing it, a divorce solicitor has to be incredibly tactful and considerate in order to achieve the best possible outcome.
Good divorce solicitors will understand and empathise with the pressures that their clients are under, and do everything possible to facilitate an amicable solution as early as possible.
How seeking a divorce solicitor can help the petitioner
In divorce or separation, the person who files for the divorce and begins proceedings is known as the ‘petitioner’.
Being the designated petitioner for a divorce or separation means that the responsibility for the vast majority of the necessary paperwork and financial documentation falls on them.
For this reason, it is always advisable to seek out the aid of an experienced divorce solicitor who understands the process and can help speed along what would otherwise be a lengthy and time-consuming process.
By trusting an expert who has your best interests at heart to handle the excess of legal and financial paperwork, you can relax knowing that you are in good hands and focus on other relevant or pressing matters.
What can a divorce solicitor do for the respondent?
Similarly, the partner who is on the receiving end of divorce or separation proceedings is known as the ‘respondent’ and there is plenty that a divorce solicitor can do to help keep things running smoothly.
After divorce papers have been filed it is up to the respondent to fill in the forms sent by the court, as well as several other forms which confirm that they have completed the court papers.
To anyone who is unfamiliar with this process, filling out all this paperwork can take time and if there are any mistakes then it can slow things down a lot and delay the process.
By hiring a divorce solicitor to fill out all this paperwork on your behalf, as well as detailing and explaining clearly what everything means, you can make sure you are informed and aware of what is happening and what you can expect.
Resolving matters post-divorce
One thing that it is crucial that divorcees remember is that a divorce proceeding only resolves the marriage or partnership in the eyes of the law and does not resolve problems such as financial arrangements or child custody.
During a divorce, it is always a good idea to get a financial order – which is a document that makes sure that all financial arrangements between you and your ex-partner are resolved fairly and agreeably.
When resolving child arrangements, each involved party in a divorce or separation has the right to use a family solicitor to negotiate for them. In such instances, the family solicitor will also prepare all necessary documentation to present their case before a judge.